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BGSU unveils plans for new aviation facility

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A rendering of the aviation facility. A rendering of the aviation facility.
Planes are getting a makeover,too. Planes are getting a makeover,too.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green State University and the Bowling Green Flight Center unveiled a new look for airplanes in the fleet, along with architectural renderings of the facility that will become home to BGSU's aviation program.

The upgrades are part of a new partnership with North Star Aviation Inc. NSA, a full-service general aviation company based in Mankato, MN, has established an Ohio company and will provide flight training as Bowling Green Flight Center LLC.

Three of the six planes in the fleet have been serviced and painted, including a Piper Seminole and two Cessna C172 Skyhawks. They will be on display and available for tours.

University officials say the new planes will help students be more competitive.

"New equipment, new facilities; that will keep the students coming back on a more regular basis," said Bowling Green Flight Center General manager Kevin Doering.

Students agree.

"[It will] give me a foot up when I enter the industry down the road," said BGSU senior Bryan Combs.

The new complex will feature at least a 3,000-square foot terminal and instruction space, as well as a 3,000-square foot hangar. The additional classroom space will include a full-motion flight simulator, designed to expand the opportunities for the aviation students at BGSU.